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Invincible Ignorance

Bob319 Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 7:07 AM
While some part of me agrees with you - the other part is reminded that the great majority of teachers today are not that bright. These are the same folks that get more money each year and produce a bad product, i.e. education. I don't think that all could handle a complex situation. For Newtown there were some really heroic actions but that is one upscale school, not typical of your typical union control school in America.
GGatty Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 12:23 PM
That all said, the fact that so many teachers may be ill-equipped to educate the students properly in no way alters the fact that the "great majority" of teachers would willingly take any action possible to protect their students.

In this instance and in other similar instances, no matter how abhorrent it might be for these teachers to have a gun at hand, I'm willing to believe that that vast majority of them would have used a gun to great effect had they been so equipped.
GGatty Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 12:22 PM
Couple that with generations of teachers who have had common sense 'educated' out of themselves and aren't equipped to teach properly, no matter how ernestly thay desire to help their students.
Now factor in generations of parents who are products of those same schools and are equally ill-equipped to understand and take on their proper role in their own childrens' development.

Like so many other symptoms of our society's moral and intellectual decline, the problem is not as simple as many wish to portray it, nor that simple to repair.
GGatty Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 12:22 PM
I almost agree with you, but not about the "great majority"aspect.

Truth is, the majority of teachers I know in public schools are good teachers.
The problem is generally a combination of teachers unions' refusal to countenence any kind of performance-based component in regard to payscale or disciplinary actions, as well as misguided administration at all levels that push a progressive educational curriculum and agenda.

In that environment, many otherwise good teachers go along to get along, having seen too many examples of what happens when a teacher attempted to buck the system and educate students in the tried-and-true methods of days gone by.

Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates?

The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have...